#388. The Science of Training Your Attention | Dr. Amishi Jha
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Distraction is one of the top complaints of meditators -- and of pretty much every human being, in this era that has been dubbed the “info blitzkrieg.” In this episode, we’ll hear from Dr. Amishi Jha, who has spent years studying the impact of meditation on people who work in high stress professions and has collaborated with the military, first responders, and elite athletes. Her new book is about how to, in her words, focus without all the struggle, take back your attention from the pull of distraction, and function at your peak.
Dr. Jha is Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami, the Director of Contemplative Neuroscience for the Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative, and author of a new book called Peak Mind: Find Your Focus, Own Your Attention, Invest 12 Minutes a Day.
In this episode, Dr. Jha talks about: peak mind; the neuroscience of attention; how and why meditation works for high stress groups; multitasking vs. task switching; simulation mode vs. mindful mode; and answers the burning question - what is the least amount of meditation minutes one can do and still derive all the advertised benefits?
As Dr. Jha mentioned in the episode, she recorded a meditation in the Ten Percent Happier app to help you practice paying attention to your attention. Check it out by downloading the Ten Percent Happier app wherever you get your apps, tapping on the Singles tab, and searching for her meditation called "Find Your Flashlight.” Or, click here to play the meditation.
And be sure to check out our new podcast, Twenty Percent Happier, available exclusively in the Ten Percent Happier app.
Where to find Dr. Amishi Jha online:
Other Resources Mentioned:
- Dr. Jha and Major General Walter Piatt on the TPH Podcast
- Sharon Salzberg
- Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
- Richard Davidson, Director of Center for Healthy Minds
- Tony Zanesco
- Joseph Goldstein